Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia that’s over 700 years old. Thai people believe in and respect superstition, the supernatural, miracles, magic, animism, amulets, and more.
The superstitious Thai people have created (or observed depending on your view) an endless list of cultural beliefs around the paranormal and metaphysical. Ghosts are a sacred belief in Thai culture, with no shortage of ghouls rumored to haunt humans. From birth, Thai people are told stories of various incarnations of ghouls and spirits, some friendly but most not.
There’s over a hundred varieties of ghosts in Thailand. Some include the Preta, a tall, thin ghost that seeks vengeance among the living; the Pi Pob, which enters human bodies and possesses them; Phi Lung Kluang, a variety from southern Thailand that takes a human form with a hole in its back, exposing its skeleton; and widow ghosts, prevalent in northeastern Thailand, which seek to steal husbands from their families.
It goes without saying a fervent belief in the supernatural, ghosts and all things metaphysical infuses the day-to-day in Thailand. Ministers bless and cleanse their offices at auspicious times; military generals have been known to consult psychics before a big decision, such as launching a coup.
Recently residents of a village in Thailand have taken to hanging red shirts outside of their houses in an effort to repel what they believe is a malevolent spirit responsible for a series of mysterious deaths.
The ghost craze erupted after a whopping 13 men in the community of Ban Tha Luang died over the course of the last three months.
Since the men were apparently healthy when they died, concerns began to spread throughout the village that their deaths were due to a vengeful spirit.
When the thirteenth ‘victim,’ Boon-uan Baebphimai was discovered dead in the middle of a road, villagers became convinced that their community was being targeted by a vengeful spirit. As such, they turned to a traditional Thai method for protecting against malevolent ghosts: hanging a red shirt outside their homes.
Attached to the crimson clothing is a sheet of paper with a message warning families with only one son that they are particularly vulnerable to the widow’s ghost.
While it is likely a matter of personal belief as to whether or not the tactic will prove successful in avoiding the wrath of the spirit, one assumes that it has provided some peace of mind to those worried that they’ll become the 14th victim of the evil apparition.
Locked in windowless rooms, searching for; and finding the unseen is a daily occurrence for both Bellevue patients, and the committable Detectives of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society.
Acting on a tip that a room within Brooklyn Escape Rooms held spiritual energy, we met to investigate.
All This Horror Business
Since its conception in 2010, Escape Rooms have risen from a dozen venues in 2014 to over 2,800 (as of writing). There are currently eight Escape Games in operation within Brooklyn with most clustered around the Williamsburg area and an outlier in Midwood.
Tethered to an $8 billion dollar Halloween industry with heavy hitters known for “Scary-Good Strategy” such as Spirit Halloween, Escape Games often utilize temporary leases and subleases, with some even popping-up inside of breweries.
Escape Games appeals to those seeking a rush, looking to test their problem-solving skills, or seeking social activity for a special occasion. Birthday parties, work events and dates are common at these amusements.
Each with a unique theme, escape rooms lock hopeful contestants in rooms with challenging puzzles and riddles. Solving a series of puzzles usually unlocks the door, however running out of time is the most popular method of exit.
Motifs and themes vary by location, and seasonal pop-up businesses spring up; bearing themes like Ghost Room during autumn and Christmas Escape over winter. Popular mainstays are the Rube Goldberg Room, the Panic Room, and the Arcade Room.
Completion rates vary by design of the room. Beginner level rooms are sometimes fool-proof; designed to accommodate new players with simple challenges, whereas the most difficult rooms are said to have completion rates of under 2%.
Tickets usually command between $20 to $45 per person, with metropolitan cities experiences commanding significantly more. Some rooms self-report ticket sales to be over 140,000 per year which means an attraction can generate over a million dollars in revenue per year.
The Detectives present spanned a wide gamut of psychic ability and investigative skill levels. We were joined by a BKPS first-timer; he stated upon arrival that he was eager to experience our unique view on the paranormal. One member travelled from Boston, MA for the occasion.
Our most seasoned spiritualist Kor was present to provide mediumship for our investigation. Psychic-medium Kor has attended numerous paranormal investigations hosted by Brooklyn Paranormal Society and has a spotless record of meaningful spiritual communications, otherwise known as hits.
These hits are messages conveyed from the spirit-world, which must also align with abnormalities in our logging devices which monitor EMF activity, temperature, and other environmental factors.
Most were Brooklyn locals while some travelled for the occasion. “Anticipation!” for the investigation was noted as being the cause for a trip from Boston, MA to Brooklyn. It’s not every day the team gets to investigate a truly haunted location so close to founding HQ at 5th Ave and St Marks Pl.
Also present were Brooklyn Escape Room manager Ray, joined by Dungeon Master John. Ray was our complainant, a possible sensitive that has been affected by paranormal activity in multiple locations; though she stated they were clustered to a specific area.
Though the seemingly-sensitive Ray suggested that the spiritual energy could reside in a specific area, the astute detectives of BKPS knew the sordid history of the land we were standing upon.
The target of our investigation Brooklyn Escape Rooms hosts three rooms; each uniquely themed and intricately designed. Their motifs are medieval and post-apocalyptic. There’s also the haunted; a fourth experience currently under construction.
Unseasoned hunches would propose that the most likely room to host spiritual energy would be The Haunted. However, BKPS Detectives are regularly trained to avoid cognitive biases, such as confirmation bias, primacy effect and most importantly courtesy bias.
Bearing in mind that the institution was only a few years old, by all accounts, there were no signs of symptoms of a haunting before the rooms were built. And while it’s possible that owner Regina knew of a room hosting spiritual energy, she indicated to us that she had no psychic or sensitive abilities.
Sensitives possess an increased susceptibility to energy and stimulation from their environments. With training, sensitives can grow their talent into ability. It’s estimated that 20% of the world’s population is sensitive, or in some way psychic.
There’s thought to be hundreds of types of psychic abilities, though not all are generally accepted.
Of the possible hundreds; thirty-odd are unique and distinct. The most notable of notable psychic abilities vary from Apportation — the ability to teleport yourself or an object; to Thoughtography which is the ability to imprint images from one’s mind onto physical surfaces via psychic means.
Over the years we’ve utilized conscious abilities to contact spirits during ghost hunts such as Conjuring and Scrying, and we’ve witnessed our Detectives feverishly scribble clues from the other-side using Automatic Writing.
While these techniques are complementary to an investigation where the purpose is to gather information and data, not all psychic abilities yield themselves to an adventurous detective agency.
If we had mastery over abilities like Second Sight or Pre-cognition which provide the psychic with definite knowledge; our cases would be closed before we received tips!
During our initial research phase, I dug through internet and newspaper archives to build a primer on the history of the land, and the various businesses the property has hosted over the years.
Long before the mysterious cloud sightings at Beyond Vape and spontaneous eruptions at Barclays Center was the presence of the Lenape tribe…
On Natives, and Spirits
Origin stories of the Lenape tribe, the natives of the land were investigated upon to peg their dawn at over 10,000 years ago. While their influence isn’t felt in the communities now upon their land, their customs and beliefs fit in perfectly with many of us today.
The Lenape believe that spirits surround us. Some are positive while others are negative. Their belief system, known as Animism, explains that everything has a spirit, from rocks to trees.
The negative spirits (Menetuwak) are believed to cause sickness and death, while the positive spirits can be plied with offerings like fruit or small gifts, with the intention of hopes coming to fruition through the offerings.
The first recorded contact with Europeans came in 1524. Upon entering Lower New York Bay; a narrow strait between Brooklyn and New Jersey — explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano was greeted by local Lenape tribesmen in canoes.
Though their official website touts them to be peace-loving, history, and our psychic-medium Kor report differently. It should come as no surprise that the Lenape were adept warriors, their arsenals and abilities were honed over hundreds of battles.
The might of the Lenape were called upon numerous times in history, most notably during the Revolutionary War, which saw the Lenape fight on both sides. A cursory search of the history of the tribe shows that they used weapons including war clubs, tomahawks, battle hammers, bows and arrows, knives, spears and axes,
While the 1600s were terrible for the Lenape because of misfortune, inter-tribal, and European violence affecting them; a few years throughout the decade stand out as notable.
For example, most know that modern-day Manhattan is truly priceless; but in 1638 the land was priced at a paltry 60 guilders — about $24. This jaw-dropping amount pales in comparison to the current estimated value of the land, which is quoted to be as high as 1.74 trillion dollars.
Possibly the most disadvantageous political election of all time also signified the downfall of the Lenape. This occurred in 1636 with the arrival of governor Willem Kieft. Kieft would prove to be a scourge upon the Lenape.
He launched a campaign of torture and terror which reached a notable climax in 1641 when a bounty was placed on Raritan scalps. This incentivized the Dutch settlers to murder local Native Indians. Two-year long Kieft’s War (1643-1645) erupted as a result, with Settlers and Natives both engaging in back-and-forth violence.
The Pavonia Massacre (Feb. 25, 1643) saw Dutch soldiers torture and murder Lenape peoples, with the natives’ response coming later on October 1st, 1643. On that day, a force of united Native Indian tribes attacked and razed the homesteads at Pavonia.
Stuyvesant was recorded as being intolerant of others’ religious beliefs, and it’s said the institution of slavery would flourish in New Amsterdam under his governorship. With regards to Peter’s chances of getting into heaven: break a leg.
The Lenape fought for the British throughout the French and Indian Wars (1688-1763). Exotic disease and constant warfare took an undeniable toll on the numbers of Lenape. By 1845, less than 2,000 Lenape were in existence.
Today, the Lenape population has surpassed 16,000 and they are spread far and wide across North America.
Earliest records of the property begin on August 31st, 1872 – when the house was listed for sale in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. In 1875, advertisements in the local paper referred to the property as Raymond & Co’s, or SK Raymond & Co’s Stables.
The passage of time, perhaps through the death of the owner brought a change of business from stables to furniture around 1934. At the time, LI Freight Warehouse operated a business that sold unclaimed rail cargo at the property.
A surge in rail travel heralded the streamline era and forgetful passengers, employee errors and/or disregard meant passengers often lost luggage. Unclaimed luggage would then be acquired and sold by local businesses, a reflection present in the model of modern reality shows like Storage Wars.
The first recorded crime on the property was recorded in the local police blotter on August 26th, 1938 when four men were charged with stealing 18 radios and 100 radio tubes from the property at 594 Pacific Street.
Receiving stolen goods with the intention of re-selling them is known as fencing, and this was a popular crime in that time. Although little is known about the dynamic duo — including their sentences; we do know that Morris Alzado was a fan of George Washington.
The archives were scoured for any other mentions, but nothing further was found…
Before descending the basement stairs, Ray dutifully warned us not that what we were about to experience would not necessarily be spooky; but rather it would be stinky. The basement had in previous years, (and while under different ownership) experienced a mold problem.
Due to the warning, we didn’t get a chance to test Clairofactance before we embarked. As you may have predicted, clairofactance is the ability to access spiritual or mediumistic knowledge through smell.
We used GoPros to get footage of the event. GoPros are cameras that are usually used for perspective shots or close ups in the realm of adventure and exploration. It’s convenience, high quality footage and it’s rustic and genuine feel makes it perfect for shooting footage related to ghost hunting.
These miniature video-cameras are excellent for ghost hunting since action cameras, are centered around capturing footage while you’re on the move, or for things on the move.
For our first stop, we investigated a post-apocalyptic themed room, which homed a carnivorous plant. We speculated that a Pterodactyl would be able to eat the plant, but even then it’s chances would be slim.
Immediately upon entering the room, we could sense that there was self abuse, and the ruckus in the room and within the doll was self inflicted. Despite the bed being extremely strong, the doll put the evil spirit, inadvertently, in the bed.
We tried to understand what the doll represents and how she might have impacted the basement she resided in. After talking to the doll, we understood that she represents a girl while another one of the dolls represents a boy who played the violin.
We then sat on the bed surrounded by all the dolls to get a better understanding of their past and the impact they had on the basement they resided in. The trunk in the basement possessed a positive energy, which barred the evil spirits from entering inside it. #Add a quote here from the video.
We then surveyed the basement which showed an element of a welcoming availability. Women and children who lived here were protected from soldiers and the place was a refuge where people got food and rest. Eventually, a doctor was brought here to treat the warriors and even the enemies. The boy who lived here was going to be killed by Native Americans, while his parents were slaughtered.
Jebediah was felt in the room and we addressed his spirit, reassuring him of his invaluable contributions to make this a safe place, after which we exited the premises. The Detectives of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society said a parting prayer, then hit Shake Shack for a wrap-up.
Housed in an old garage space in the Gowanus neighborhood, Douglass Recording opened after a half-decade of planning and development. Since opening, the studio has attracted stars such as Vanessa Carlton and Grace Mitchell.
Acting on a tip that indicated the studio was hosting a spiritual entity, BKPS reached out for comment. Chris Gilroy producer & house engineer at Douglass Recording stated “Ghosts can be felt in our walls…”.
What’s going on over the skies of Scotland? Are they, by any chance, infested with UFOs? Or perhaps, there is a more mundane explanation, such as a proliferation of drones. Consider the following incidents.
Recently, an Airbus A320 passenger jet had a close encounter with a UFO while landing at Glasgow Airport. The near-miss occurred on May 26 and reported to the UK Airprox Board, which tracks potentially dangerous flying incidences.
According to the Glasgow-based Evening Times, the plane passed within 200 feet of what the pilots described as an “orange light” above the plane while they were coming in for a landing. The crew considered the possibility that the object may have been a drone, but was officially classed as an “unknown object” because no determination could be made.
The UK Airprox Board states: “The A320 pilot reports that he was approx three nautical miles finals for Runway 23 when the crew spotted an orange light ahead and slightly above, which appeared to be traveling in the opposite direction.”
“The light passed about 100–200ft above their aircraft . . . The unknown object was seen in the vicinity of an airfield approach path. The board could not determine the identity or proximity of the object.”
There have been a spate of UFO sightings in the region in recent years. On December 2, 2013, another A320 flew within 300 ft of a UFO while making a final approach to Glasgow Airport. The object was described by the pilot as blue and yellow, and that it “got quite close” and the risk of collision was “high.”
On August 14, 2015, The Scotsman published a photograph by Stuart Noble showing an unusual orange object in the skies above Glasgow. Noble was preparing to shoot a meteor shower when this arrow-shaped UFO showed up.
“I was shooting the Perseid shower and just setting my cameras exposure when I caught this,” said Noble, “It shows a strange orange object in the sky.”
And there is still yet one more mystery caught on video over Scotland, this time over the hills across from Gourock. An eyewitness filmed a bizarre set of mysterious lights as he stood on Trumpethill looking towards Kilcreggan.
The unnamed witness told the Greenock Telegraph “I’ve never seen anything like that before. The lights caught my eye as I looked out from St. Andrews Drive.”
“You can see from the video that there are several flashing lights, then more appear. It’s very strange,” the photographer commented, adding, “I hope someone can help solve this mystery — maybe we can call in Mulder and Scully from the X-Files!”
Might we offer that Scully would determine said lights over Gourack were of a terrestrial origin. Mulder, hence, would evince “the truth is out there.” And so it is.
Again, nobody knows for certain what the hell that was. Surely, some weird things are going on in the skies above Britain. And not all, nor any, can be explained away with mundane explanations, such as “drones.” For now, however, we will just have to classify them as “unknown flying objects.”
You would think that, with today’s proliferation of smart phones and high res cameras, we would have more good quality film and video evidence of atmospheric anomalies like glowing orbs. Turns out we do. Earlier this year, on July 22, a documentary film crew caught some remarkably impressive footage of a glowing orb flying over British Columbia.
“At 10:59 p.m., this huge yellowish white ball of light,” described Rob Freeman in the video’s description, “appeared out of nowhere and then proceeded to go into the woods.”
Rob Freeman and Marcus McNabb had their cameras trained on the Stawamus Chief, a 2,297 ft granite monolith located in Squamish, B.C., when the orb appeared.
“At first we thought it was an airplane,” Freeman told the Squamish Chief. “There was absolutely no sound . . . then we absolutely knew it was no airplane.”
Freeman, a senior field researcher for the Center for the Scientific Study of Atmospheric Anomalies in London, Ontario, acknowledged that this was the best footage he’s captured yet.
“The Chief is a sacred mountain,” Freeman said. “Lights are found in ancient spots like Peru or Norway. Whatever it is, in every single country on every single expedition, we’ve got something.”
According to the Squamish Chief, Freeman and McNabb were directed to the area by ufologist Charles Lamoureux, who informed them of the area’s proclivity for UFO sightings.
The crew entered the forest at night fall, and soon after witnessed the glowing sphere descend from the sky into the woods. “The trees behind the orb were all lit up,” Freeman explained, “that means it was in front of the trees.”
Freeman uses a formidable array of video capturing devices, lashed together in one formidable piece of hardware he calls the Skywatcher’s Mobile Unit, aka the “weapon of mass detection.”
After examining the footage, Lamoureux confirmed the object was not a plane from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), a drone, meteor, nor satellite. The evidence is now being investigated by the Mutual UFO Network Canada as MUFON Case #85446.
As impressive as the footage appears, there are many questions as to what the true nature of the object is. Can we definitively rule out an aircraft of terrestrial origin? If not from YVR, then perhaps traveling to and fro from another airport?
There are other possibilities to consider. One Redditor on r/UFOs commented, “I’m from Squamish. That is most likely a nighttime paraglider going off the Chief. We got nutso adrenaline junkies running rampant in this town!”
Another claims the image is that of the International Space Station passing overhead. This debate, as with all UFO sightings, will rage on for some time yet. We will just have to wait and see what evidence comes next.
Freeman and McNabb are currently traveling the world, producing the documentary film Making Contact: Be Inspired, which endeavors to “take viewers around the world, exploring the mysteries of the universe … and their connections to the human mind.”
What began as a documentary, according to McNabb, has now turned into a movement. “This is such a fascinating path that we are on,” Freeman said. “Most people have no idea what’s happening in the world.”
Here, we are reminded of Shakespeare who, perhaps anticipating the modern UFO wave (he was, after all, a genius) penned the famous lines:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
– Hamlet (1.5.167-8)
If ghosts exist anywhere on this planet, then surely, they exist in Vietnam. Though nowhere near the size of its neighbor China, Vietnam has still managed to embroil itself in more than its fair share of warfare, with the death toll from the Vietnam War (American War) alone, estimated to be in the millions.
Over the summer, at a Brooklyn Paranormal Society Meetup, I was speaking to a gentleman of the Christian persuasion who told me that being drunk was decidedly against the rules of good spiritual conduct, as was related to him in the Holy Book.